Tuesday 16 July 2019

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by Stuart95, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. Stuart95

    Stuart95 Member+

    Mar 11, 2012
    Stafford, VA
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Armchair Analyst: All 24 MLS teams in review | Week 19 analysis
    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/07/14/armchair-analyst-all-24-mls-teams-review-week-19-analysis

    MLS Week 19 Review: Controversial call takes spotlight on chaotic weekend
    https://www.prosoccerusa.com/mls/ml...c-fc-controversial-call-throw-in-corner-kick/

    Atlanta United fans getting their reality check now
    https://www.ajc.com/blog/further-re...eir-reality-check-now/12KzVx5ljLKMB0gTYNM8BJ/

    No excuses anymore: It's damn the torpedoes for TFC
    https://torontosun.com/sports/socce...xcuses-anymore-its-damn-the-torpedoes-for-tfc

    Schultz: As team wobbles, United president Darren Eales defends two big offseason decisions
    https://theathletic.com/1078152/201...en-eales-defends-two-big-offseason-decisions/

    Impact Badly In Need of Freshening Up
    https://www.mountroyalsoccer.com/2019/7/15/20694736/impact-badly-in-need-of-freshening-up

    Report: Red Bulls defender Aaron Long drawing transfer offers from abroad
    https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019...der-aaron-long-drawing-transfer-offers-abroad

    Minnesota United-branded futsal court replaces basketball at West 7th park
    https://www.twincities.com/2019/07/15/minnesota-united-futsal-west-7th-park/

    St. Louis ownership group makes presentation to MLS expansion committee
    https://www.stltoday.com/sports/soc...cle_f6ebcb60-54e0-5bd0-bc62-05950042175f.html
     
  2. Gamecock14

    Gamecock14 Member+

    May 27, 2010
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Pour one out.

     
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  3. JasonMa

    JasonMa Member+

    Mar 20, 2000
    Arvada, CO
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  4. don gagliardi

    don gagliardi Member+

    San Jose Earthquakes
    Feb 28, 2004
    san jose
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
  5. JasonMa

    JasonMa Member+

    Mar 20, 2000
    Arvada, CO
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We're trying to get him the whole package, train to the airport in Italy, flight, hotel and transport in Denver. We've almost raised enough to cover the flight (the bare minimum) and if that's all we raise he'll crash with a supporter but we're trying to do more than that. If somehow we go over our goal for all of that the extra will go to the Oar Foundation (C38's charitable organization).
     
  6. Tony in Quakeland

    Jan 27, 2003
    Pleasant Hill, CA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I feel sorry for Shea (obviously) but I think he’s emblematic of how bad Frank de Boer has been. I get it that Shea’s size and athleticism gets attention from coaches who always think they will be the one to tap into that.


    But de Boer took an exciting, ball on the ground, play through the middle blistering offense and turned it into a dull, cross it into the box team led by… Brek Shea?


    I mean, does game film exist of Atlanta the last two years and Shea the last ten? Maybe with him out, Frank will go back to plan A….
     
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  7. TOAzer

    TOAzer Member+

    The Man With No Club
    May 29, 2016
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Frankly, he's De Boer.......
     
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  8. BookerT

    BookerT Member

    Mar 27, 2007
    NC
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    Deeeeeeeeeee Boersdeboersdeboersdeboers
     
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  9. SetPeace

    SetPeace Member+

    Jun 22, 2004
    SC Illinois
    Club:
    Torquay United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    This is such a cool story. I wonder sometimes how popular MLS is in other parts of the world. Especially for viewers in Europe, Africa, and western Asia, many MLS games come on in the middle of the night. I seem to remember a thread several years ago that listed foreign broadcasters who had rights to air MLS games in their home countries. I think I'll check out the media section on BS to see if it's still around.
     
  10. EvilTree

    EvilTree Member+

    Canadian S.C
    Canada
    Nov 20, 2007
    Frozen Swampland, Soviet Canuckistan
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    There's two Brits who does bi weekly podcast on TFC.
    https://findingtoronto.podbean.com/
     
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  11. Kejsare

    Kejsare Member+

    Mar 10, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    For some broadcasters there is a fair connection between MLS and sports gambling at those hours.
     
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  12. JasonMa

    JasonMa Member+

    Mar 20, 2000
    Arvada, CO
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Looking at Twitter during the last two Rapids games, both having gone into lightning delays, you can see that three's a lot of gambling interest in MLS during the European offseason.
     
  13. Justin O

    Justin O Member+

    Nov 30, 1998
    Seattle
    Club:
    Seattle
    #13 Justin O, Jul 17, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
    I've spent most of the time since MLS came into existence living overseas - mostly the Middle East, Central Asia, and South America. Based on my experience (and different people in different places can have different experiences) MLS followers are very few in number. (Leaving aside gamblers, which I will address in a moment) And I'm not sure the number is really increasing much.

    One example, for the 2011 and 2012 MLS seasons I had probably the best sports-focused satellite system in the Middle East. I saw the occasional MLS game on one of the Al Jazeera Sports channels (I had something like Al Jazeera Sports 1 through Al Jazeera Sports 10). Typically they were matches from a few days prior, and they were on at random, strange hours. (middle of the night one week, weekday morning the next week, not at all the third week).

    When I returned to the Middle East for the 2015-2017 seasons I had the same satellite system. MLS had moved to Abu Dhabi sports. This was when MLS made a pretty big deal about selling the international rights to someone. Anyway, I never saw a single MLS match on Abu Dhabi Sports, because they were exclusively relegated to Abu Dhabi Sports 7, 8, 9 and so on. Despite having dozens of sports channels (including many European ones), I only had Abu Dhabi Sports 1 and 2. I cannot imagine MLS' viewership increased in the Middle East as a result of this change.

    The bottom line, people need to consider context when talking about MLS being available in different countries. Yes I have had access to MLS while living in various countries. But in those cases I also had sporadic access to literally dozens of soccer leagues around the world, from the Ukrainian League, to the Kuwaiti League to the Malaysian League and so on. In this day and age having access to a league in a foreign country in and of itself does not mean much.
     
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  14. Justin O

    Justin O Member+

    Nov 30, 1998
    Seattle
    Club:
    Seattle
    I used to be the "MLS guy" for a European-based sports betting advice site. The people who followed me were almost exclusively Europeans. Mostly Brits and Eastern Europeans. Yes there are people who bet on something just because it is about to start. Maybe things are a little different now, but at the time the vast majority of people who bet on MLS were not Americans. They were not even people who watched much, if any, MLS.

    I knew no more about MLS than the typical Bigsoccer poster at the time, but my readers truly knew nothing. I would just talk about things like international call ups and injuries, with Bigsoccer and the MLS website as my primary sources of info, and people were amazed I had so much knowledge and information about MLS.
     

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